Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

PO Box 440
Jamison Centre
Macquarie ACT 2614


Duncan MacLennan
Project Manager, Landscape Policy and Development
National Capital Authority


Dear Duncan,

Submission: NCA draft tree management policy

Friends of Grasslands (FOG) is a community group dedicated to the conservation of natural temperate grassy ecosystems in south-eastern Australia. FOG advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with the conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on-ground work. FOG is based in Canberra and its members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.

FOG commends the NCA for developing this draft tree management policy and appreciates the opportunity to make these brief comments.

We suggest that the “Policy targets” (pg. 3) include:

4.       Conservation of indigenous trees that aid conservation of biodiversity (for example, by maintaining habitat corridors) and cultural heritage;

5.       Avoiding planting tree species that are invasive to natural ecosystems.

We note that there are a number of anomalies in the scope of the plan as mapped in Figure 3, as NCA managed land excluding biodiversity conservation areas. In particular:

a)      For Stirling Park and Attunga Point, the NCA’s 2016 Ecological Management Plan for National Capital Authority Conservation Areas excludes “national lands outside the conservation areas” that comprise disturbed areas. Thus these lands are not covered by any tree management plan. Some of the excluded areas have been extensively restored since 2016 and should be incorporated in the conservation areas, or are being restored (e.g. former pine plantation at Hopetoun Circuit). These places should be incorporated in conservation areas in the next version of the Ecological Management Plan. Other sites have mature, non-indigenous trees whose future management needs considerations (e.g. oaks on the NW end of Stirling Ridge near Alexandrina Drive).

b)      The Scrivener’s Hut / Capital Circle woodland conservation area is included in Figure 3 despite its designation.

c)       The small, remnant woodland remnant in the West Block area of the parliamentary triangle should be conserved.

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute. Please contact Professor Jamie Pittock on 0407 265 131 if the NCA would like further information regarding these matters.

Yours sincerely


Geoff Robertson

5 April 2020